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Monday 11 December 2017

Stick to the Hucklebuck -- TV quiz just didn't suit 'Swing' star Derek

Derek Burke
Derek Burke

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

IT seems safe to assume the questions didn't suit him -- and he didn't exactly help himself.

Derek Burke, famous for his dazzling white suits in the band Crystal Swing, has given a less-than-illuminating display on the quiz show 'Mastermind'.

The 21-year-old took part in a celebrity version of the show on TV3 -- but only succeeded in securing five points after choosing "Ford tractors" as his specialist subject.

That is not only the worst score ever on the Irish version of the show but equals the lowest score ever on the long-running BBC version.

"I'm used to being up on stage with a microphone. It was a daunting situation in that chair, answering questions," Derek told the Irish Independent.

Contestants generally build up their scores in the first round, answering questions on a specialist subject before moving on to the more daunting general knowledge round.

But Derek, who competed to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis charities, admits he didn't do himself any favours with his choice: 'Ford Tractors'.

"I would have preferred to pick music as my subject but they (the producers) said I couldn't do that; so, being into agriculture, I picked tractors," he explained.

That was his first error. Plenty more were to come.

A typical question from quizmaster Nora Owen was: "The 1907 tractor used parts from Ford cars; which model did the 'planetary gearbox' come from?"

That left Derek stumped and the Midleton musician finished his specialist subject round with just three points -- when most contestants would be hoping for a score in the low teens.

But worse was to come in the general knowledge section as he fell on question after question.

He failed to answer a relatively easy question about the all-time great film 'Gone With The Wind'. "I've never even heard of 'Gone With The Wind'. I'd say 90pc of the people wouldn't have known that answer," he said last night.

Mr Burke believes that his fellow contestants -- Barnardos CEO Fergus Finlay, comedian Abie Philbin Bowman and 2010 Rose of Tralee Clare Kambamettu -- had an advantage because they had "been to third level".

However, he said he had no regrets about his participation in the charity quiz, which airs tomorrow night.

"I raised €500 for Multiple Sclerosis. I'd do it again in the morning," he said.

Irish Independent

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